Reflection on Exodus 34:29-35



When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him.


Moses has been on Mount Sinai receiving the Law for the second time. As he comes down, he is unaware that his face is shining from being in the presence of the Lord. Aaron and all the people are afraid when they see him because of his changed appearance.

Moses calls the leaders to come close and he tells them what the Lord has said to him.

From that day, Moses wears a veil over his face which he takes off when he speaks to the Lord.


Being in the presence of the Lord changes Moses’ appearance, causing his skin to glow.

Our daily walk with Jesus, our worship of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit inside us should bring physical changes. Christians should be the ones with glowing faces, living happy, healthy and longer lives than unbelievers.

Of course there are times when the storms of life take their toll on us, but they should drive us even closer to the Lord.


Father, may your presence in my life shine out from me so that I am always being your light in the darkness. Amen.


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